News, Notes and Spins – July 1, 2012

We are now officially half way through 2012.  I always wind up thinking what’s tracking HOT for the year about now … what are going to be the top releases of 2012 before anything new breaks big after the summer season.  So far, the following records are leading the score board.

The Lumineers – #1 in June, May, April and March spins.  “The Lumineers” has been the most successful national export of Colorado music this year, so far, followed somewhat closely by Tennis‘ latest “Young and Old.”  The album has managed a top 10 position in July, and top 4 going back to March and has placed the band in some pretty impressive national spotlights.  Otis Taylor is among the handful of top 5 acts so far in 2012 also.  “Otis Taylor’s Contraband” manages a top 10 finish this month, with top 5 finishes in each of the preceding four months.

So far in the first six months, other releases that have managed to make a significant impact statewide have been those by Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Bad Weather California, Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams, Longest Day of the Year, and Leftover Salmon.  I also expect we’ll see the O’Brien Party of 7 extend their top 5 debut this month into a top 5 or 10 release for the year.

STATION NEWS AND NOTES

No word yet from KAFM (Grand Junction) on their search for a new program director.

Regional market vet Benji McPhail has been named music director and on air host at national top 20 ranked public radio station KUNC (Greeley).  Benji recently had been doing weekends at Open Air 1340 (Denver), preceded by stints at KGNU (Boulder), KCUV (Denver), KKPL/99.9 The Planet (Fort Collins), and KBCO – now well over more than a decade doing radio regionally.  Within only a couple of weeks since arriving at KUNC, the on-air sound has changed noticeably.

Long gone are the days when only marginally popular styles of sedate classical and down tempo acoustic music dominated KUNC’s set lists – today it’s a much more steady dose of  records that would likely make many critics best of lists from throughout the past 40+ years – emphasis on current/contemporary  adult .  Benji has great ears … and with just him and Wendy Wham on the mics, the mid-day energy has noticeably brightened as a result of a more contemporary focus on the music …and Benji’s many years on the air regionally at more commercially oriented stations.

KUNC has supported some regional artists throughout the years – especially favoring the likes of guitarists Dave Beegle and Jerry Palmer out of Loveland and Fort Collins … and singer songwriters such as NoCo residents Wendy Woo and Liz Barnez. And I know that Benji has supported music from here in Colorado at every stop he’s made, going back to when we first met in 2001 and he was the program director at KKPL.  Benji has settled into one very classy deal with KUNC … this will be fun to listen to.

Check out their playlists now – http://kunc.org/programs/kunc-music

In somewhat less happy news – legendary market PD John Hayes is out as program director at KRFC (Fort Collins).  The board of directors executive committee decided to not retain John – reversing the board decision in 2010 to install a professional programming staff.

In a letter to its members, executive director Brian Hughes says the station will go back to a programming committee approach – a direction that was abandoned by a previous board; “…the duties of the Program Director will be distributed between key volunteers (Genre Captains/ Programming Committee) BOD Committee (Community Advisory Board) and ED.”

The Community Advisory Board cannot determine policy for the station, and cannot be made up of volunteers at the station, so it won’t have any skin in the game other than to provide feedback to the board of directors on if the station is meeting the needs of the market that the station serves.

In the past many months, the most noticeable change at KRFC has been the move from block programming, with almost nothing but specialty shows during prime time hours of 6A-6P, to a broader “mix” format.  The other most noticeable change has been a somewhat dramatic increase in how much Colorado music has been aired.  KRFC stands out today as one of the top 2 stations in the state where it comes to how much Colorado music they broadcast.

John Hayes has been a professional colleague and friend of mine for many many years.  We competed against each other as programmers working literally across the street from each other back in the late 80s… he at KTCL, I at KSQI (K-SKY).  He was also the program director for Jack FM, part of the group that also launched KCUV in Denver.   I don’t doubt one bit we’ll be hearing his voice on a frequency or online sometime soon.

In one last bit of news this month – welcome KDUR (Durango) to the group of reporting stations from around the state.  I got to spend some time with music director / interim program director Jon Lynch recently on the phone.  He was very excited about the Colorado acts that make their way to Durango – and shared that there are lots of titles he doesn’t have and would like — they’ve got a “bin” in the control room for Colorado music, and the on air personalities do love to dig into it.  So, get thee some music to Jon and the crew at KDUR (Durango).   Good to have Durango repped now on the list … :)

TOP 40 MOST SPUN TITLES – June 2012
(312 titles tracked / 136 titles reported as played)
(LM) TM
(D) = debut, first time on chart
(R) = re-entered chart

(1) 1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers (Dualtone) Folk/rock/pop
(3) 2. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king} (Youngest Daughter Records) Folk/pop
(11) 3. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s (self) Americana/alt-country
(7) 4. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed (Family Tree) Indie/New Alternative
(D) 4. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation, The Songs of Roger Miller (Howdy Skies Music) Folk
(2) 5. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker (LoS Records) Americana/rock
(4) 6. Tennis – Young & Old (Fat Possum) Indie/New Alternative/pop
(10) 7. Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends (Fellow Creature Recordings) Folk
(D) 8. Robert Cline, Jr. – All the Right Reasons (Mockingbird Records) Americana/country
(5) 9. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband (Telarc) Blues
(D) 10. The Say So – The Romantic (self) Rock/alternative
(26) 11. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise (self) Folk
(23) 12. Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow (Blank Tape) Folk/rock
(26) 12. The Swayback – Double Four Time (self) Rock/alternative
(9) 13. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm (self) Americana/roots rock
(13) 14. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight (Hot Congress Records) Indie/New Alternative
(D) 15. Arliss Nancy – Simple Machines (Suburban Home) Rock
(R) 16. The Jekylls – The Sweet Factoy (self) Americana/rock
(R) 17. Chimney Choir – (ladder) (self) Folk/folk-rock
(22) 18. The Congress – Whatever You Want (self) Rock/roots rock
(R) 19. Carbon Choir – Sakhalin (self) Rock/alternative
(19) 20. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader (self) Indie/New Alternative
(6) 20. Mosey West – Merica (self) Rock/roots rock
(14) 21. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5 (self) Bluegrass/country
(21) 22. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz
(24) 23. Longest Day of the Year – Turn Into the Ground (self) Americana/alt-country-rock
(R) 23. The Patti Fiasco – The Patti Fiasco (self) Rock/Americana
(R) 24. SHEL – When the Dragon Came Down (Mad King Records) Folk  
(R) 25. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Sineater (Suburban Homes) Indie/New Alternative
(D) 26. Ben Haugland – Point of No Return (Dazzle Recordings) Jazz 
(27) 27. Churchill – The Change (Wire Bird) Folk/folk-rock
(12) 28. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs (self) Rhythm and blues
(R) 29. Overcasters – Curses/Prayers (self) Rock 
(25) 30. Catch Bees – Newman’s Open Choir (On Joyful Wings) Indie/New Alternative
(15) 30. Katie Glassman – Snapshot (self) Americana
(24) 31. Muskeeteer Gripweed – Staight Razor Revival (self) Rock/blues
(R) 32. Beats Noir! – 13 Tracks From The Dark Side Of The Beat (self) Hip Hop
(26) 32. Better Than Bacon – Better Than Bacon (self) Rock  
(R) 32. FaceMan – Feeding Time (self) Rock
(17) 33. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You (self) Contemporary adult Pop/country crossover

DROPPED OUT OF TOP 40 IN JUNE
8. Rob Drabkin – Rob Drabkin Live (self)
16. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost
18. Instant Empire – Instant Empire (self)
20. Grass It Up – Alabama Tory (self)
22. Harry Tuft & Friends – Treasures Untold (Manasses Records)
27. Eric Gunnison – Trios (Synergy Music)
28. Gauntlet Hair – Gauntlet Hair (self)
28. Wendy Woo Band – Austerity (Woo Music)
28. You Me and Apollo – Cards with Cheats (self)
29. Jeff Finlin – Live Songs for the Ice Age (Bent Wheel)
30. Euforquestra – Let Us In (self)
30. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis (self)
31. Raincheck – Raincheck (Dazzle Recordings)
32. The Yawpers – Savage Blue EP (Adventure Records)

ADDED JUNE 2012
Andy Flattery & the Afternoons – Night Run
Ben Haugland – Point of No Return
Bonnie & the Beard – Cascavel
Fingers of the Sun – Sleepy EP
Johnny Hickman – Tilting
New Ben Franklins – [peter gabriel]
O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation: The Songs of Roger Miller
Offbeat Revolution – All Around
Patrick Dethlefs – Fall and Rise
Russ Hopkins – Space Junk Motel
SoundRabbit – Don’t Forget to Remember (The singles)
Strange Americans – A Royal Battle
SuCh (Sue Charles) – Stretch Marks
The Knew – Man Monster
The Love Royale – Another Winter [single]
The Say So – The Romantic

STATION BY STATION

KAFM (Grand Junction)
1. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
2. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation
2. The Swayback – Double Four Time
3. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
4. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm

KDNK (Carbondale) [HOT SPINS]
Danielle Ate the Sandwich – {like a king}
Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation
OtisTaylor – Contraband
The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow

KDUR (Durango)
1. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
2. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s
3. The Crags – Big Divide
4. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
5. Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – Sineater

KGNU (Boulder)
1. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
2. Great American Taxi – Paradise Lost
2. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation
3. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
3. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis

KRCC (Colorado Springs)
1. The Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow
2. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
3. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
3. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
4. Grant Sabin – The Homesick EP

KRFC (Fort Collins)
1. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
2. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
3. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s
4. Robert Cline, Jr. – All the Right Reasons
5. Cary Morin – Sing It Louder

KUNC (Greeley)
1. Tennis – Young & Old
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
3. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
4. Kathryn Mostow – Rich Girl
4. Mosey West – Merica

KUVO (Denver)
1. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees
2. Ben Haugland – Point of No Return
3. Shirley – From A Bright Clearing
4. Adam Bodine Trio – Up ‘N Hear
4. Eric Gunnison – Trios

KVNF (Paonia)
1. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation
2. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
3. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
3. Rob Drabkin – Rob Drabkin Live
4. Finnders & Youngberg – FY5

Open Air 1340 (Denver)
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends
3. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
4. The Congress – Whatever You Want
5. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed

The Colorado Sound
1. Robert Cline, Jr – All the Right Reasons*
2. The Say So – The Romantic
3. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation
4. Overcasters – Curses/Prayers
4. The Jekylls – The Sweet Factory
*serviced to media by Rocky Mountain Music Network

BY GENRE/PROGRAM FORMAT

Americana/Alt.country/Alt.country-rock
1. Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams – Live at Hodi’s
2. Leftover Salmon – Aquatic Hitchhiker
3. Robert Cline, Jr. – All the Right Reasons
4. Grant Farm – The Grant Farm
5. The Jekylls – The Sweet Factory

Blues/Rhythm & Blues
1. Otis Taylor – Otis Taylor’s Contraband
2. Mama Lenny & the Remedy – Punches and Hugs
3. Lionel Young Band – On Our Way to Memphis
4. Cary Morin – Sing It Louder
5. Papa Juke – Out Of The Blues

Folk/folk-rock/singer-songwriter
1. Danielle Ate The Sandwich – {like a king}
2. O’Brien Party of 7 – Reincarnation
3. Joe Sampson – Kill Our Friends
4. Patrick Dethlefs – Fall & Rise
5. Haunted Windchimes – Out with the Crow

Dance/Funk/Hip-Hop/Urban Contemporary
1. Beats Noir! – 13 Tracks From The Dark Side Of The Beat
2. Broken Tongues – Crooked Skyline
2. JD Feighner – Feel the Way I Do [single]
3. Rebel Tongue – Movin’ On
4. Wheelchair Sports Camp – Where We All Live

Indie/New Alternative
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
2. Bad Weather California – Sunkissed
3. Tennis – Young & Old
4. Achille Lauro – Flight or Flight
5. Flashbulb Fires – Gasconader

Jazz
1. Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra – Sharks & Manatees
2. Ben Haugland – Point of No Return
3. Adam Bodine Trio – Up ‘N Hear
3. Shirley – From A Bright Clearing
4. Raincheck – Raincheck

POP / Alternative Adult Contemporary
1. Coles Whalen – I Wrote this for You
2. Andy Flattery & the Afternoons – Night Run EP
2. SoundRabbit – Don’t Forget to Remember
3. Charlotte Sass – Lighter Things
3. Petals of Spain – Late Night Visitor

ROCK / AAA / AOR
1. The Say So – The Romantic
2. The Swayback – Double Four Time
3. Arliss Nancy – Simple Machines
4. The Congress – Whatever You Want
5. Carbon Choir – Sakhalin

TOP Current Colorado Videos on YouTube

  1. The LumineersHo Hey / 2.1 millions views / published March 11, 2012
  2. TennisOrigins / 106.4k views / published February 14, 2012
  3. Katie Herzig – Free My Mind / 38.5k / published September 20, 2011
  4. Churchill – Change / 36.7k views / published December 12, 2011
  5. Danielle Ate the SandwichFaith In a Man / 15.7k views / published June 3, 2012

New Videos – June Adds

  1. Danielle Ate the Sandwich – Faith In a Man / 15.7k views / published June 3, 2012
  2. Ballistic (featuring Xiren) - Stay Away / 4k views / published June 5, 2012
  3. Megan Redmond – Falling / 2.9k views / published February 2, 2012
  4. Talisker Skye – Away / 2.5k views / published June 4, 2012
  5. Johnny HickmanAnother Road / 955 views / published June 24, 2012


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